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Nancy Thomas, MD

Dr. Thomas is a mom of a 22-month-old son who practices general obstetrics and gynecology in a thriving practice in Covington, Louisiana, with Ochsner Health System

How many children do you have? I have a 22-month-old son who is into everything. He is at a great stage. He is so much fun. He loves to hit the baseball off the tee. He is wild about bath time, and he loves to run around naked after bath time.

What’s your specialty? I’m a practicing ob-gyn with interests including adolescent gynecology, contraception, sexually transmitted disease screening, cervical cancer screening, cervical dysplasia treatment, breast cancer screening, polycystic ovarian syndrome, endometriosis, infertility, menopause, hormone replacement therapy, genital atrophy, female prolapse disorder, over active bladder, stress urinary incontinence, and osteoporosis.

My husband is also a physician. He is an ophthalmologist who’s specialty trained in glaucoma. Our schedules can get quite complex. We do a lot of planning ahead to be able to juggle everything.

What’s the best parenting advice you’ve ever received? Always give positive reinforcement. I know that being supportive, encouraging, and positive can be very influential. My parents believed in this, and I strive to mirror their example.

What’s your own favorite parenting tip? Try to breastfeed. I was very skeptical when it came to breastfeeding. I just thought that it was not for me even though I knew all the benefits. Trying to breastfeed was one of the best things I ever did. After the first weeks of that terrible sharp pain, I really started to enjoy it. I was away from Benjamin during long nights on call in the hospital. However, coming home to nurse him was a wonderful experience for me. He had no colic. I didn’t know what spit-up was until formula.

What do you wish you knew earlier about parenting? Babies need to learn how to fall asleep on their own. We were waiting for him to fall asleep. Yes at first it was no fun putting him in the crib and listening to him cry. I think I cried just as much. But within a week, he didn’t say boo. He just went to sleep on his on. We were consistent. We started putting him down at 8 p.m. This left us a little time to unwind before bed. Before we knew it, he was standing by the crib at 8, looking for us to put him to bed.

How do you get your kids to eat healthy food? Feed them healthy food. Don’t start bad habits. Habits are unfortunately very hard to break. Set a good example, and just don’t buy it.

How do you work exercise into your family’s life? I go straight to the gym after work. Take one hour for yourself. Although you may miss your child and be eager to get home to them, taking that one hour for yourself will make you feel better about yourself. With this boost, you will be a better parent for your children when you get home.

How do you recharge your batteries? Adults-only date night. In medical school, this was recommended to us. So my husband and I started this then. We still try to plan something for just the two of us when we can.

Dr. Thomas’s Q&As

I’m in my third trimester and really having trouble with leg and back pain. What did you do to ease these pregnancy complaints?

I’m so worried about labor that a part of me is wishing for a C-section. Is that a good idea?

My doctor is recommending I have a C-section. What can you tell me about the recovery?

My baby is five months old. He doesn’t sleep well, and his crib is in our room. Is it time to move him out?

My two-year-old son has really started to have temper tantrums. What do you do to get your toddler through this?

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